Triple Crown (snooker)

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The Triple Crown is a collective term used for the three most prestigious snooker tournaments: the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters.[1] These tournaments are sometimes also called snooker's major tournaments,[1][2] the big three BBC events,[3][4] or simply the big three.[5][6] There are ten players who have won all Triple Crown events at least once: Steve Davis, Terry Griffiths, Alex Higgins, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy.[7][8] Only Davis, Hendry and Williams have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season, and Hendry is the only player to achieve this feat twice, in the 1989/1990 and 1995/1996 seasons.[9][10] John Higgins held all 3 Triple Crown titles at the same time between 1998 and 1999 but these spanned two separate seasons. In 2013 Robertson became the first player from outside the British Isles to have won all three events.[11]

Triple Crown title winners[edit]

A list of all winners of the three Triple Crown events is shown below by season since 1968/1969.

Season UK Championship[12][13] The Masters[14][15] World Championship[16][17] Ref
1968/1969 started in 1977/1978 started in 1974/1975 England John Spencer (1/4)
1969/1970 Wales Ray Reardon (1/7)
1970/1971 England John Spencer (2/4)
1971/1972 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1/5)
1972/1973 Wales Ray Reardon (2/7)
1973/1974 Wales Ray Reardon (3/7)
1974/1975 England John Spencer (3/4) Wales Ray Reardon (4/7)
1975/1976 Wales Ray Reardon (5/7) Wales Ray Reardon (6/7)
1976/1977 Wales Doug Mountjoy (1/3) England John Spencer (4/4)
1977/1978 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (2/5) Wales Ray Reardon (7/7)
1978/1979 Wales Doug Mountjoy (2/3) South Africa Perrie Mans Wales Terry Griffiths (1/3)
1979/1980 England John Virgo Wales Terry Griffiths (2/3) Canada Cliff Thorburn (1/4)
1980/1981 England Steve Davis (1/15) Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3/5) England Steve Davis (2/15)
1981/1982 England Steve Davis (3/15) England Steve Davis (4/15) Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (4/5)
1982/1983 Wales Terry Griffiths (3/3) Canada Cliff Thorburn (2/4) England Steve Davis (5/15)
1983/1984 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5/5) England Jimmy White (1/2) England Steve Davis (6/15)
1984/1985 England Steve Davis (7/15) Canada Cliff Thorburn (3/4) Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (1/2)
1985/1986 England Steve Davis (8/15) Canada Cliff Thorburn (4/4) England Joe Johnson
1986/1987 England Steve Davis (9/15) Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (2/2) England Steve Davis (10/15)
1987/1988 England Steve Davis (11/15) England Steve Davis (12/15) England Steve Davis (13/15)
1988/1989 Wales Doug Mountjoy (3/3) Scotland Stephen Hendry (1/18) England Steve Davis (14/15)
1989/1990 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (3/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (4/18)
1990/1991 Scotland Stephen Hendry (5/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (6/18) England John Parrott (1/2)
1991/1992 England John Parrott (2/2) Scotland Stephen Hendry (7/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (8/18)
1992/1993 England Jimmy White (2/2) Scotland Stephen Hendry (9/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (10/18)
1993/1994 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1/18) Scotland Alan McManus Scotland Stephen Hendry (11/18)
1994/1995 Scotland Stephen Hendry (12/18) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (13/18)
1995/1996 Scotland Stephen Hendry (14/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (15/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (16/18)
1996/1997 Scotland Stephen Hendry (17/18) England Steve Davis (15/15) Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
1997/1998 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3/18) Wales Mark Williams (1/7) Scotland John Higgins (1/9)
1998/1999 Scotland John Higgins (2/9) Scotland John Higgins (3/9) Scotland Stephen Hendry (18/18)
1999/2000 Wales Mark Williams (2/7) Wales Matthew Stevens (1/2) Wales Mark Williams (3/7)
2000/2001 Scotland John Higgins (4/9) England Paul Hunter (1/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4/18)
2001/2002 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5/18) England Paul Hunter (2/3) England Peter Ebdon (1/2)
2002/2003 Wales Mark Williams (4/7) Wales Mark Williams (5/7) Wales Mark Williams (6/7)
2003/2004 Wales Matthew Stevens (2/2) England Paul Hunter (3/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (6/18)
2004/2005 Scotland Stephen Maguire England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7/18) England Shaun Murphy (1/3)
2005/2006 China Ding Junhui (1/3) Scotland John Higgins (5/9) Scotland Graeme Dott
2006/2007 England Peter Ebdon (2/2) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (8/18) Scotland John Higgins (6/9)
2007/2008 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (9/18) England Mark Selby (1/8) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10/18)
2008/2009 England Shaun Murphy (2/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (11/18) Scotland John Higgins (7/9)
2009/2010 China Ding Junhui (2/3) England Mark Selby (2/8) Australia Neil Robertson (1/4)
2010/2011 Scotland John Higgins (8/9) China Ding Junhui (3/3) Scotland John Higgins (9/9)
2011/2012 England Judd Trump Australia Neil Robertson (2/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (12/18) [18][19][20]
2012/2013 England Mark Selby (3/8) England Mark Selby (4/8) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (13/18) [21][22][23]
2013/2014 Australia Neil Robertson (3/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14/18) England Mark Selby (5/8) [24][25][26]
2014/2015 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (15/18) England Shaun Murphy (3/3) England Stuart Bingham [27][28][29]
2015/2016 Australia Neil Robertson (4/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (16/18) England Mark Selby (6/8) [30][31][32]
2016/2017 England Mark Selby (7/8) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (17/18) England Mark Selby (8/8) [33][34][35]
2017/2018 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (18/18) Northern Ireland Mark Allen Wales Mark Williams (7/7) [36][37][38]
2018/2019
Legend
Player won all 3 Triple Crown tournaments in the same season.
Player won 2 Triple Crown tournaments in the same season.

Multiple Triple Crown tournament winners[edit]

Nation Name Total World Championship UK Championship The Masters Winning span
 Scotland Stephen Hendry 18 7 5 6 1989–1999
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 18 5 6 7 1993–2017
 England Steve Davis 15 6 6 3 1980–1997
 Scotland John Higgins 9 4 3 2 1998–2011
 England Mark Selby 8 3 2 3 2008–2017
 Wales Ray Reardon 7 6 0 1 1970–1978
 Wales Mark Williams 7 3 2 2 1998–2018
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 5 2 1 2 1972–1983
 England John Spencer 4 3 0 1 1969–1977
 Australia Neil Robertson 4 1 2 1 2010–2015
 Canada Cliff Thorburn 4 1 0 3 1980–1986
 Wales Terry Griffiths 3 1 1 1 1979–1982
 England Shaun Murphy 3 1 1 1 2005–2015
 Wales Doug Mountjoy 3 0 2 1 1977–1988
 China Ding Junhui 3 0 2 1 2005–2011
 England Paul Hunter 3 0 0 3 2001–2004
 England John Parrott 2 1 1 0 1991–1991
 England Peter Ebdon 2 1 1 0 2002–2006
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 2 1 0 1 1985–1987
 England Jimmy White 2 0 1 1 1984–1992
 Wales Matthew Stevens 2 0 1 1 2000–2003
Legend
Players have won all Triple Crown events at least once.
Active players are marked in bold.

Champions by country[edit]

Country Players Total First title Last title
 England 13 60 1969 2017
 Scotland 5 30 1989 2011
 Wales 5 22 1970 2018
 Northern Ireland 3 8 1972 2018
 Canada 1 4 1980 1986
 Australia 1 4 2010 2015
 China 1 3 2005 2011
 Republic of Ireland 2 2 1977 1997
 South Africa 1 1 1979 1979

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